Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Moffett Delone Johnson (1859-1936)

From the 1912-16 Mississippi State Register.

   Moffett Delone Johnson is another obscure Mississippi state representative, serving one term in his state's legislature from Wilkinson County. A son of Thomas Craddock and Madeline (Bolding) Johnson, Moffett D. Johnson was born in the aforementioned county on February 5, 1859. He was a student in schools local to Wilkinson County and beginning in his youth worked at farming, a vocation that continued through the remainder of his life
   Johnson married in December 1878 to Kate Miller (1859-1941), with whom he had several children, including: Christian Delone (born 1879), Robert Graham (1882-1954), Eliza (born 1886), Mary Estelle (born 1888), Katie (born 1890), Walter Seth (1892-1947), Corinne (born 1895), Sherman (born 1898) and Mabel (born 1902). 
   A prominent Democrat in Wilkinson County, Moffett D. Johnson served several years on the county's Democratic executive committee, and was a member of the local Farmer's Union. Elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in November 1911, Johnson served during the 1912-16 term and held seats on the committees on Agriculture, Census and Apportionment, Claims, County Affairs and the Penitentiary. 
  Little information is available on Johnson's life following his term, excepting notice of his death in 1936 and his burial at the Macedonia Cemetery in Wilkinson County, under the name "Moffette D. Johnson". Curiously, Johnson's wife Kate was interred at a different cemetery, her burial occurring at the Gloster Cemetery in Amite County, Mississippi.

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